This paper model builds the P-51C aircraft “Excalibur III” (formerly named “Blaze of Noon”) which is now on permanent display in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Originally owned and flown by famed aviator A. Paul mantz, Blaze of Noon won the 1946 and 1947 Bendix Air Races and set a transcontinental speed in 1947.
Purchased in 1949 by Capt. Charles F Blair, the aircraft was renamed Excalibur III and went on to set another Transcontinental speed record by flying from New York to london in less than 8 hours, shattering the existing record by more than an hour.
On May 29 1951, Capt. Blair flew Excalibur III from Norway across the North Pole to Alaska in a record setting 10 and 1/2 hours. Precise navigation was possible using Blair’s own system of plotted “sun lines” rather than conventional Magnetic compass.
Paper Model Details: over 160 parts including detailed construction diagrams and Fuselage and Wing formers.
Graphic Wheel Well inserts.
Fully detailed Landing Gear.
Complete detailed Cockpit.
Detailed graphic textures, with realistic weathering and surface features.
Degree of Difficulty: 3/5.
This model was previously published at ecardmodels.